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Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realized what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming.

For decades the Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now - when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney.

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum's wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum's walls? Together with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

An absolutely terrifying and gripping thriller that will chill fans of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons, and Rachel Abbott to the bone.

©2017 Helen Phifer (P)2017 Bookouture

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Well worth a Listen

Loved this book from start to finish .
Easy listening great story line and fabulous narrator which makes these books enjoyable

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Narrator is wrong for the story.

I didn't mind the story but the narrator's voice was too young sounding to suit the main character.

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Good book..

I did enjoy the story, and the narrator was good, but I'm my opinion, a voice more suited to Fairytales.
I will give the 2ns one a go

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Irritating

I found this book annoying. Not so much the plot, the ideas around it weren't so bad, but more the characters and the attempt at 'developing' them. After the discovery of the body, the story tends to focus more on the detectives personal lives and the hunches they have about the case rather than doing any actual detective work. Also I find this narrator a little annoying, certain words and phrases are unnecessarily emphasised so the jokes and humour sound corney and clichè. Overall I found myself rolling my eyes so much at the writing in this book I couldn't finish it.

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The main character is a bit thick!

I liked the story overall, but I don't believe a snr detective would make the rookie mistakes Lucy makes...

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Predictable ling-winded story.

Knew the killer almost from.the start, was hoping from.some kind of big plot twist but everything was predictable. Characters were not really likeable either. Ok read for people not familiar with mysteries.

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a little cliched but enjoyable

another all day listen. guessed the killer half way through but still an enjoyable book.

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  • Ruby Fitzgerald
  • 13-10-2018

irritating

I love the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsens, so I thought I’d give this author a try. The protagonist is a police officer who cries throughout the book and is overall clueless. At the end of the book, SPOILER ALERT...... she has to be saved by her partner who (gasp) is in love with her! What stupid girly drivel.

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  • Becky
  • 24-04-2017

Interesting

Enjoyed the twists and un expected turns. Good one to listen to while doing other activities. Doesn't require full attention.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-02-2019

Imperfect but Original

It seems as if the last 10 British female authors I’ve listened to have had one thing in common, make that several things in common. All of them had a female DI, all of the female DIs are super screwed up in some way, and all of the stories revolve around finding missing girls or missing young women. Needless to say, it has become irritating to hear the same story time after time after time.

Well there are a few flaws in this novel, they can be overlooked because the storyline was the first original storyline I’ve heard in quite some time. Equally, while DI Harwin has some quirks and imperfections, they’re the same ones we all have which make her relatable.

I can’t even count how many authors I’ve read and decided to stop after the first book. I’m pleased to be able to continue on with the series.

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  • Amazon is a rip off
  • 24-04-2017

Helen Phifer has gained another fan.

I read a review where the reviewer said that she\he knew who the killer was from the start, but I don't agree. I was surprised to find out who the killer was. Excellent read.

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  • Bargain Hunter
  • 23-04-2017

The lost children

I found the book very interesting and hard to put down! Story was very well written and no problem relating to the narrator. I would recommend this book to any one who like thrillers! I also like the accents of the narrator. Was hesitant at first but followed it no got used to the accents.

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  • anna palsdottir
  • 16-08-2017

Predictable

I knew too early who was the killer. Some of the pathology wasn't very believable sorry. Good luck

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  • Mata
  • 19-09-2019

BOOK 2!!!

I don't know why this series is listed out of order but this is definitely, book 2.

It's a good British murder mystery series. The author writes well and very readable. She tells a good story and the characters are likable without overbearing.

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  • Thomas
  • 15-08-2017

Can't wait for number two! 👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is my 30th thriller, and is the best one so far. THOMAS in Sarasota Florida

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  • Dawn
  • 27-06-2017

Great mystery!!!

Really enjoyed the story. However the pause between chapters was just a little too long. Other than that it was a fabulous thriller!!!

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  • Lori Hass Vess
  • 22-11-2020

Very enjoyable

This was a really good book. It was a sad story and unfortunately reflected things that really happened concerning the mentally ill and unwanted children before society frowned on this treatment.
I'll be adding to my library more in this series.

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  • Gemma
  • 19-04-2017

Fantastic Debut

Would you listen to The Lost Children again? Why?

I wold not listen to it again, only because once i have read a book i have read it, so i know who the 'baddie' is!! i move straight on to the next book

What did you like best about this story?

i enjoyed how it kept flitting between the past and present and enjoyed the chemistry between the 2 main characters, i am hoping this develops further in the series

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none in particular it was an all round good read, it kept me interested all the way through

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely could of easily sat and read this book in one sitting alas my schedule does not allow for this

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Fantastic debut by this authr, i look forward to reading more in the series and seeing the characters develop, hopefully the 2 main characters get together!!! Narration however was good, but a bit wishy washy, an injection of excitement in her narriation wouldnt go a miss.

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  • Frank
  • 29-06-2020

worth listening to

this is a good story worth listening to two very intriguing well-written and have listened to it twice it's a good book I recommend it.

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  • George A Bear
  • 03-12-2018

BOOK 2 in Detective Lucy Harwin series

An enjoyable detective story with characters that are easy to emphasize with. However, the plot has too many connections or coinsidiences that make it slightly predictable.

I read this as the first book in the series and it was fine. Infact, it is book two with LAST NIGHT being the first. Audible need to sort this out on their site.

Worth a listen. ( I spend up the narration to 110% as it was rather pedestrian!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-2020

Loved it!

Great from start to end and Lucy is such a likeable character, can’t wait to read the next one!

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  • Curvyme71
  • 29-03-2020

Gripping....

loved it...couldn't stop listening! So much detail in the story, Helen certainly has a talent for writing brilliant crime stories.

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  • MamaMia
  • 04-02-2020

Spoilt by poor narration

Enjoyed the Audible version with some misgivings I had already read the book previously my only criticism is that the actress sounded like she was reading to a small child therefore spoilt the enjoyment of this version would recommend a different actress for further productions.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-01-2020

Listen!

I couldn't turn this off. It kept my attention throughout. Great story. Excellent narrator.

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  • Deborah A.
  • 13-12-2019

Not worth it.

Very disappointed with this. Not well read and I felt rather boring. waste of money!

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  • Sarah Bowker
  • 27-11-2018

Not as good as I thought😔

At the start of the book I thought it was going to be a gripping story that would keep wanting more, I like it when the suspense is intense. I do believe that a good narrater can help to make the story.
Alison Campbell, did nothing for this book. I found her to nice all the time, her voice always on the one level.
So that did not help. I found the story predictable and far to light, not enough depth to the story. Overall I was disappointed.
I certainly will not be bothering with any of her other books.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 31-05-2017

I liked it, but....

Great Story Line, brilliant narration, but more twists and turns would of been ideal. However definitely worth a listen.

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